Lily Kwong is a former model who is now a designer of art installations, and one of her works is currently housed in the former J.P building, Morgan Chase on Wall Street in New York City. This is part of a huge multimedia exhibition led by artist Simon Birch named The 14th Factory. Garlands inspired by the idea of having to do terraform – or change something to resemble the earth-moon as a desperate solution to climate change.
The design consists of artificial grass attached to the walls with a corrugated hill and surrounded by poppies. Kwong said that this project is an interesting way to respond artistically to what she believes to be the biggest threat to our generation and to warn that if we continue to destroy our ecosystem, we will also destroy ourselves.
Prior to this project, she studied urban planning at Columbia University and then focused on creating sustainable design solutions for cities and brands. From the project managing the LVMH Design District landscape in Miami to planting 100,000 trees with eco-fashion company Amour Vert, she has dedicated her work to make the world greener and more beautiful place.
Lily Kwong tries to make us care more about climate change
As we know, there is the latest news about climate change that is worrying all of us right now. In an effort to spearhead the much-needed shift to save our planet, Kwong, who is a former model who turned into an artist and landscape designer, has created a multi-sensory experience designed to help people connect naturally to nature.
Kwong said that if people can start to feel the power of nature again, she hopes that people will become servants, they will change their behavior, and they will start caring more for their own backyard.
Lily Kwong and Summer in winter Project
Another project is Kwong partnering with Visionaire to launch “Summer in Winter,” which is a 1,000 square foot botanical garden as an open classroom. Located in the city center in the Cadillac House in Manhattan, this hotel is designed as a contrary study. Where and how rich animals and plants enter into urban cityscapes make us think more about the importance of caring for the earth, especially in climate change.
The landscape design created by Kwong consists of a variety of plant life covering 37 countries on seven Earth continents including ferns from Australia, flowering plants from tropical America, rainforest trees that are considered sacred by Buddhists, native succulents from South Africa, and cycads that are known as living fossils.
Cecilia Dean, one of the founders of Visionaire, immediately responded to the urgency of the Kwong project related to climate change. “Not only does’ Summer in Winter ‘aim to experience all the five senses but also learning experiences through Lily, Dean emphasized then continued that she thought of ideas’ Winter Summer ‘as a reaction to climate change. The NYC winter looks increasingly difficult and needs to pause. At the same time, with her visionaries, she wants to create an unexpected paradise in this natural world. The design of Lily Kwong opens our view of sustainability, social responsibility, and how we can more effectively create environmental change.